PM Modi, AMit Shah lead BJP fast over Parliament washout

Glen Norman
April 13, 2018

"Now we want to express our disappointment by going on a fast led by our PM", he said.

Following the development, a war of words broke out between the ruling and Opposition parties.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who sprung up to political spotlight following his close association with Hazare's movement, has fasted on a number of issues including a two-week fast in 2013 over inflated price of electricity and water bills.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah held massive road show in Karnataka's Hubli on Thursday.

Members of the Union council of ministers and senior BJP leaders also sat on a fast in different parts of the country.

The Congress today demanded that Parliament be reconvened to debate and legislate on key issues and said the time had come for the BJP to "repent and apologise" to the people instead of indulging in the "theatrics of a farcical fast".

Under the politics of fast (Upwas) on Thursday, BJP MPs and ministers staged a dharna and fast at all the 33 headquarters across the state.

Asenior Sena functionary said, "Uddhavji was upset that Geete went for the fast".

Khan claimed that crime against women was less in Chief Minister Vasundhara Rajes first term till 2008, but the cases increased in the previous Congress government led by Gehlot.

After Uddhav's orders, Geete immediately left the fast venue. The sit-in demonstration, led by BJP's national general secretary and state in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, was organised by the party unit at Mayo Road area in the central part of the city. Only two MLAs - Girish Bapat and Vijay Kale -actually visited the protest site. "He is working hard to save the only ATM left in the country", he said.

The fast also marks another set of programmes of the BJP where the party leaders have been asked to propagate various initiatives of the Modi government among the people. However, due to the hectic poll schedule the duo could observe the fast only for an hour before leaving for Hubballi and Gadag districts.

Addressing the gathering, the MP said the Congress and other Opposition parties had put a bad name to the Indian Parliament by causing frequent and continuous disruption in its daily proceedings.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that efforts are being made to spoil the country's Ganga-Jamuni tradition by the politics of violence and incitement.

Addressing a gathering in Dharwad, Shah lambasted the Congress, saying a party which lacks "internal democracy" can not protect democracy in the country.

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